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30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US

Following is a list of examples of heterosexual privilege. If you are heterosexual (or in some cases, perceived to be), you can live without ever having to think twice, face, confront, engage, or cope with anything listed below. These privileges are granted to you, and many of them are things you’ve likely taken for granted. (Otherwise known as the “Why it’s easier to be straight” list.) 1.Immediate access to your loved one in case of accident or emergency. 2.Public recognition and support for an intimate relationship (e.g., congratulations for an engagement). 3.Expressing affection in most social situations and not expecting hostile or violent reactions from others. 4.Living with your partner and doing so openly. 5.Expressing pain when a relationship ends from death or separation and receiving support from others. 6.Receiving social acceptance by neighbors, colleagues, and good friends. 7.Learning about romance and relationships from fiction movies and television. 8.Having role models of your gender and sexual orientation. 9.Having positive and accurate media images of people with whom you can identify. 10.Expecting to be around others of your sexuality most of the time. Not worrying about being the only one of your sexuality in a class, on a job, or in a social situation. [italic](twenty more or so at the link)[/italic]


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